1934 Chevy Truck Project


Girl with Grit Program seeks one large annual project for a community to work along youth. Our Founder, Blythe Zemel, sought out Mel Ellenwood’s 1934 Chevy Truck for a community to restore with kids.

The Girl with Grit Truck Project has won international support from car builders, sponsors, and the auto community.

Backing this project is a strong Truck Support Team including David Ankin from ToyMakerz on History Channel, Dwayne Mattox from Fast Society, MN Outlaw Customs, 1 of One Customs, Bryan Dagel – Rat Rod Magazine; with support coming from even across the ocean with Sam Hard from Hard Up Garage.




The passion that brings us all together as a community is youth outreach. Skills and a strong sense of community are vital to our children. Once in a shop space, this will be an annual project for our youth and community. We estimate it will be a 12 month long project where students will learn fabrication, mechanics, upholstery, auto paint, patina restoration, sponsorship, and so much more.




Briana Hunh

Briana Huhn has been a welder/fabricator for 11 years across multiple industries. In addition to welding, Briana shares her love of the trades with children through a Minnesota based nonprofit, Big Ideas Inc. Her main goal is to help end the stigma that the trades are second rate. Her metalworking skills earned her a spot on Motortrend’s ‘Bitchin Bootcamp’ and Discovery Channel’s ‘Monster Garage’. 

Blythe Zemel

Founder of Girl with Grit Program, Blythe seeks to get youth more hands-on opportunities and access to both equipment and skills. Her goal is to teach both girls and boys that they can do anything as long as they put their hearts, hands, and minds behind it. 

Ashley Robertson

Ashley Robertson comes from Reidsville, NC. A Shop Assistant at ToyMakerz, Ashley helped a large group of girls pull the previous motor out of the truck. From that point forward, she’s been intertwined with our program. ToyMakerz can be seen on History Channel.

Staci Andrews

Staci Andrews led the best car show in Boerne, TX. Staci and her husband, Maurice have provided a huge amount of support for Girl with Grit Program. Maurice is owner of Hot Rod Garage and has hosted many of our events and workshops. 



David Ankin

Motorsports Spokesman, Driver, Actor, and Star of Popular History Channel Car Show, ToyMakerz

Mel Ellenwood

The truck’s original owner, Mel has allowed the truck to remain on his property as we have worked towards getting shop space. He actively participates in working on the truck to this day. 


Dwayne Mattox

US Army Veteran and cancer survivor. I started welding over 40 years ago 

And I’ve been an engineer for Miller welders for the past 14 years. I first learned blacksmithing from a master blacksmith in Alabama who I studied with for 3 years. I have been on the new Monster Garage and The Fast Society and have a few more TV projects in the works. Located in Georgia.


Miguel Jimenez

Owner of RMJ Motoring since 2002 and a technical/sales consultant for Wilwood Engineering since 2008.  I have been in the performance car world for most of my life, building my own cars, working on customer cars, educating and consulting for many industry partners.  From mechanical, suspension, brakes, to body prep and finish detailing, I look forward to passing my experience and what I was taught and to continue learning from the experiences.

Hard Up Garage

Sam and Derek Hard are a son and father team based in the UK. Hard up Garage imports, modifies and buys and sells some of the most interesting vehicles in the UK,

Bryan Dagel

Hands on in the automotive scene for 27 years. One of the founders, head builder of Rat Rod Magazine. Then we went RATical – an event that brings the best unknown builders in the world to SEMA so they can show the world their talents.

MN Outlaw Customs

Arco Horton and Heidi Watson – a small custom car shop specializing metal work and fabrication. Currently building a one of a kind hand built car that will be showcased at SEMA 2021.

Outlaw Edge YouTube watch and learn in the MN Outlaw Customs shop. Arco demonstrates metal shaping,  welding, tech tips, tool reviews, mechanics, camping and survival and other cool stuff!



1 of One Customs

When asked the owner Sean Puz’s best accomplishments…”In short, what describes my best achievements, accomplishments, or what I’m most proud of is my daughter.  After that, typically is the last vehicle I build.  I am very proud of designing, engineering and building vehicles from nothing and pushing to outdo myself on every one thereafter.”


Josh Sartain

Been involved with the automotive scene for 25 years. Started out in the aftermarket with car audio and then moved into the automotive manufacturing side about 15 years ago. My focus is pre-‘64 vehicles. Can do suspension, paint, fab, welding, interior, and electrical. Located in San Antonio, TX.




BOERNE, TX 78006




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